For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
October 17, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) — Central American environmentalist Julio Sanchez and Latin culture expert Patricia Alvarado Núñez will speak at Worcester State University on October 25th as part of the university’s Theme Semester Lecture Series in observance of Latin Heritage Celebration Month. Sanchez will speak at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge and Núñez at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fallon Room.
Sanchez, from the Humboldt Center, Nicaragua & Central American Alliance for the Protection of Biodiversity, will speak about food security, genetically modified foods, how free trade can impact our environment, and human rights in Central America. Sanchez will also discuss how U.S. foreign policy directly impacts the environment and human rights in Central America. This event is sponsored by WSU’s Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights, Intergenerational Urban Institute, Physical & Earth Sciences Department and Global Studies.
Núñez is currently working with WGBH as the producer for the series, "Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One," an interview talk show that features one-on-one interviews with a diverse group of guests, including actors, writers, activists, and politicians. As a former senior producer for Oxfam America, Nunez directed an awareness campaign for the Rockefeller Foundation Climate Change, shooting footage in Ethiopia, Vietnam and El Salvador. Núñez was also the previous producer for La Plaza, WGBH Boston’s award-winning production unit.
Núñez attended Universidad de Panamá and Emerson College. Her affiliations include the Writers Guild of America, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Women in Film & Video, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists. This event is sponsored by WSU’s Third World Alliance student group and Latin Heritage Committee.
Latin Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Latin Heritage Month was arranged to cover a 30-day period, and typically starts on September 15, which was chosen because it was that day in 1821 that five Latin American countries declared their independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Both lectures and free and open to the public.